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March 5, 2014

Technical foul in Central/St. John's game came at worst time

TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK

The debate about the technical foul called on Ben Judson last night will reign over this region’s hoop circles for a long, long time.

The St. John’s Prep junior was flagged for the T with 44 seconds left in overtime with the Eagles trailing 73-71 and the ball in Central’s possession.

Here’s what happened:

Down two in an amazing 32-point night, Judson went to the hole looking to draw contact. He did as he soared through the air on the left side of the hoop and tumbled out of bounds as the ball rimmed out.

Central picked up the rebound and started slowly up the floor.

And then the whistle blew, stunning the crowd of 3,500.

St. John’s Prep coach John Dullea was dumbfounded.

“I’m not positive (what happened). I think he (the official, who walked over to the Prep bench after the call to try to explain) said Ben might have grazed him when he went by him. It was nothing he said. I wasn’t even looking at it; I was watching the ball,” Dullea said.

“We haven’t had a technical foul all year and that was the worst time to get our first one.”

Every Prep fan on the planet has to be wondering how that call at that time in such a big game could be made.

Was it the difference-maker? No. But it was A difference-maker on the night.

This controversy has just begun.

“Hall” of Fame

Last year, it was the North title win over Lynn English that saw Central’s Aaron Hall awake as an angry sleeping playoff giant.

The call arrived a round earlier this year, as Hall tore up the offensive glass in a 19-point, 11-rebound performance.

Thirteen of the 19 points came in the second half and overtime.

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